City announces capital improvement projects for 2014

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several million dollars will be spent on capital improvements throughout the city of Jonesboro during 2014.

Major improvements will come to transportation and facilities in the city.

Roughly $3 million will be spend on addressing transportation issues in Jonesboro. Some of those will be major roadway projects. Others, like asphalt overlay, striping and sidewalk improvements will occur throughout the course of 2014.

Some of the major roadway projects will only be in the planning stages this year, according to City Engineer Craig Light.

In Thursday night's city council meeting, Light explained that projects like adding a turn lane to Highway 351 into Johnson Avenue and extending Parker Road to Washington Avenue likely won't start this year.

Other major projects could begin as early as this fall though.

"We also budgeted $500,000 for the Higginbottom Creek widening," Light said.

Light explained that though the city plans to widen South Caraway Road from Parker down to Latourette, the estimated $1.75 million project won't all happen this year.

For 2014, the city will focus on widening Higginbottom Creek Bridge. Construction on that could begin as early as this fall.

Another major project to possibly begin this fall is creating a roundabout at the intersection of Aggie and Airport Road. $300,000 was set aside this year for the estimated $440,000 project.

The city also set aside millions for facilities and facility improvements in 2014.

$2 million will go to building a new fire station on the south side of town and another $2 million will go toward transforming the old Army Reserve Building into the new Jonesboro Police Department Headquarters.

Construction on both of those facilities is expected to be complete before the new year.

Those are just a few of the major improvement projects to take place in Jonesboro this year.

For a complete look at the city's plans, click here.

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